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Proposed regulations on used tire sales could come up again next session

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Tires at Parr 3 Automotive in Boiling Springs. Owners there said they make it a rule to not sell tires with tread lower than 2/32". (FOX Carolina) Tires at Parr 3 Automotive in Boiling Springs. Owners there said they make it a rule to not sell tires with tread lower than 2/32". (FOX Carolina)
BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

More than 300 people were injured in 2014 in crashes caused partly by faulty tires on South Carolina roadways, according to numbers from the Department of Public Safety. Five people were killed. 

That's why legislators have been discussing banning the sale of tires with tread lower than 2/32", which is the length between the edge of a penny and the top of Abe Lincoln's head on that penny. Tire experts tell FOX Carolina anything below that is too low. Lawmakers introduced a bill last year that would regulate the sale of used tires with tread that low, but the idea has not thrilled everyone. 

Some lawmakers, including Rep. Bill Chumley of Reidville, said it was government overreach. 

"I just really worried about overregulation," said Chumley. "This will eventually affect people that use the used tires," saying lower-income families will suffer with more tire regulations. 

Rep. Donna Hicks, who opposed the bill at first, later changed her tune. 

"I signed onto it as a supporter because I am very concerned about consumer safety, and I think this is definitely a consumer safety issue." She said her misgivings about the bill stemmed from a concern about "tension" between consumer safety and overregulation of businesses.

The bill, originally presented in 2015, could be resurrected next year. 

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